Radim Labuda: On soup practice
19. 9. 2017 from 5 PM
performative lecture was a part of the exhibition Conditions of Impossibility I/VII: Loss of Time
When an artist cooks, she becomes part of a certain tradition. This of course is the case even when she sculpts or paints. However, during this lecture we will focus on artists that cook.
When an artist cooks, the informed public finds it impossible to separate this activity from its awareness of other cooking artists. And yet it is also impossible to disentangle this event in relation to professional cuisine or the history or prehistory of the preparation and consumption of food.
When an artist cooks, the result of her work can be appreciated on two aesthetic levels. Firstly, on the level of Kantian distanciation, which institutionalised art has relied on for centuries. And secondly, on the level of the appreciation of the subtly blended flavours of the work. As far as the first level of appreciation is concerned, the second level might appear inferior, even fraudulent, since if the food is good, then the experience to be had from eating it overshadows the distanciated aesthetic experience, which becomes accessible to a general public that has only a passing acquaintance with Kant or contemporary institutionalised art.
Radim Labuda, an artist in post-practice, has long been known as the creator of soups. While in his art practice he was subject to feelings of insecurity, when cooking soups he is unashamedly self-confident. And so you can look forward to wonderful food.
(transl. Phil Jones)
The exhibition programme of the Foundation and Center for Contemporary Arts Prague receives support from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Prague City Council, State Fund of Culture of the Czech Republic, City District Prague 7
Media support: Artycok.tv, ArtMap, jlbjlt.net and UMA: You Make Art
The project A post-practice artist is supported from public finances by the Slovak Arts Council.